Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Knowing your worth
Champions are born; not made.
One of the truest phrases ever uttered in the history of dick swinging.
The other day a friend of mine talked about his short comings as a lifter and his value, or lack of, to some of the people sponsoring him.
My response to that was that his attitude was bullshit.
I'm probably never going to break any world records or put up astronomical totals. This doesn't mean that my coaching, knowledge, and ability to teach others is somehow diminished or less valuable. How many great football players make great coaches? And how many great coaches were even decent football players? What if coaches thought "well I was never a record setting running back, so there's no way I can coach."
Does that make any sense at all?
I don't put my worth as a lifter, man, or coach in numbers alone, because I can work as hard as I can, and still fall short of where others have gone before. This is the harsh reality of life sometimes. If your basis of self worth is derived ONLY from beating others you could very well fall short, and then what are you left with? Emptiness, disappointment, and a feeling as though your accomplishments are worthless because they fell short of what someone else accomplished. On the flip side, what if you do set records, and later your records are (and most likely will be) broken? Are your accomplishments now worthless?
This is anti-lifer thinking.
I'm not saying not to be competitive. Far from it. Be a pitbull about your goals, and go after them with every ounce of piss and enraged madness that you can muster up.
What I'm saying is there may be factors that arise that you have no control over. And if your entire mindset has been on reaching a singular goal, you may have missed all of the other blessings and achievements that came along with trying to reach that goal. You have to learn how to be multidimensional in your thinking throughout the journey.
I told my friend that he was selling himself short because he is a wealth of knowledge, worth every bit of what his sponsors are doing for him. Period.
What if his help, coaching, teaching, etc helped someone else to go on to set world records? What if he helped someone get into lifting, like my coach/instructor did, and it saved them from a life of addiction, depression, or worse?
If you have something to offer, then offer it up and don't sell yourself short on your ability to give back to others. Don't be so short sighted that you only see value in the things you accomplish solely related to you.
Champions are born not made, true......but most champions also had a championship caliber supporter to help them achieve that greatness.
Keep your mind open and vision wide.